Now entering its 7th year, Indoor Ag-Con is a magnet for indoor ag industry leaders and decision-makers. It unites growers, investors, chefs, tech geeks, produce buyers, academics, policymakers, industry suppliers and advocates in lively discussions of the industry’s promise, issues and future across formal conference proceedings, practical mini workshops, exhibits, lunch table discussions, and unconferencing sessions.
Indoor Ag-Con is the premier event covering the technology of growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic techniques. The 7th Annual edition heads to a new location at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas with 40+ industry leading speakers, innovative exhibitors and a wide range of networking events.
PIP, a $15 million public-private partnership of leading agtech startups, agribusinesses, and biotech companies will research the potential for indoor farms to grow crops with improved nutrition, taste and other characteristics hard to achieve outdoors.
The cost of farming indoors has always been a big question mark around the impactfulness of this farming method on the overall food system; if it's too expensive, it won't be scalable. But Peter Tasgal's research argues that vertical and greenhouse farms are getting competitive with their outdoor peers.
Growing in retrofit shipping containers has received significant buzz over the past five to 10 years as produce is grown hyper-locally on a small footprint. But how viable is this form of growing in the long term?
The new facility will be automated from seeding to growing to harvesting featuring handling robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and around-the-clock monitoring sensors and control systems to optimize every aspect of growing produce indoors.
Canadian vertical farming systems developer Inno-3B has completed its first seed round of financing at nearly C$6 million ($4.45m).
Located in Quebec and Ontario, the company provides turnkey vertical farming systems for a variety of customers, from researchers, biotechnologists, and small-scale farmers, to regional and multinational producers.
iBio uses highly automated indoor farming methods to manufacture pharmaceutical drugs and, according to Barry Holtz, president, it already has much of the technology that today’s food-growing indoor farms are just starting to develop.